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3D Printed Models Enhance HRS Sonography Instruction

A new approach to ultrasound education has emerged through a recent collaboration between the ETI and Jodi L. Eshleman, sonography program director and instructor at The Ohio State University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Eshleman teaches undergraduate students how to perform ultrasounds on a simulator, including obstetric ultrasounds.

“I saw that many of [the students] were struggling when it came to determining the fetus’ position and situs,” says Eshleman. “I felt like a visual aid would further help them understand.”

Eshleman had recently heard about the 3D printing lab in the ETI but didn’t know much about what it could offer. She reached out with her idea and the ETI team helped her create and print 3D printed fetal models in the ETI’s 3D printing lab.

Eshleman’s students now take their fetal models to clinicals to help them better understand an ultrasound as it is happening. “Overall, the process from start to finish with the ETI team was fantastic,” says Eshleman. “I hope to use them again in the near future.”

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HRS fetal models made from 3D resin printers
Caption: 12 small HRS fetal models made with a 3D resin printer